Research in Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology supports four distinct yet interlinked research tracks, all of which ultimately aim at expediting the delivery of better cancer treatment options to our patients. From clinical trials initiated by our own investigators, to basic science and technical research, we are constantly looking for evidence-based methods to improve the safety and efficacy of radiation treatment, as well as enhance the quality of our patients’ lives.

Research News

Jiang awarded $4m from CPRIT

Jiang awarded $4m from CPRIT

Dr. Steve Jiang, Professor and Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology and Chief of the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, has been awarded $4 million by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop new technology to treat lung cancer patients with heavy ions. A total of $9.6 million was awarded to UT Southwestern researchers by CPRIT in the latest round of funding. Read More

Physicians join Radiation Oncology

Physicians join Radiation Oncology

The Department of Radiation Oncology welcomes two physicians this month to our growing team. Read More

Lao receives travel award

Lao receives travel award

Medical resident Steven Lau, M.D., Ph.D., received a $1,000 travel grant to attend the ASCO Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium in San Francisco in September for work entitled “Impact of cachexia at diagnosis on radiotherapy utilization and survival in non-small cell lung cancer” (Puneeth Iyengar senior author). Read More

Zhang wins travel award to ASTRO

Zhang wins travel award to ASTRO

First year medical physics resident You Zhang, Ph.D., is a recipient of a travel award to this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in September. He won the category of Basic/Translational Science - Junior Investigator Radiation Physics for his abstract titled “A Biomechanical Modeling Guided CBCT Reconstruction Technique (Bio-recon).” Read More

Grants awarded to Radiation Oncology researchers

Grants awarded to Radiation Oncology researchers

Grants totalling more than $2.6 million have been awarded to researchers in medical physics and molecular radiation biology. Read More

Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D., joins Radiation Oncology

Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D., joins Radiation Oncology

Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology as Assistant Professor and member of the breast cancer team. Read More

Speaker roundup for July

Speaker roundup for July

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty gave invited lectures at the following events recently: Read More

Medical Physics team heads to AAPM meeting

Medical Physics team heads to AAPM meeting

With 58 accepted abstracts and two, top-scored investigators, the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering will be strongly represented at the annual American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting July 31-Aug. 4 in Washington, D.C. Read More

Dwyer appointed Chief Therapist

Dwyer appointed Chief Therapist

Jay Dwyer, R.T., has been promoted to Chief Therapist, supporting the Department's clinic in the Moncrief Radiation Oncology Building, and working as well with Chief Therapist Kara Tomlinson, R.T., in support of the west campus location. Mr. Dwyer received his BSRT (T) from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has been a therapist for 22 years, and in November will celebrate 12 years at UT Southwestern. "Jay has been a highly dedicated member of the therapy team and his contribution has been instrumental in collaborating with leadership to provide continued support of the department," says Clinic Manager Catie Wallace. Read More

Speaker roundup for June

Speaker roundup for June

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty gave invited lectures at the following events recently: Read More

Texans want in on cancer "moonshot"

Texans want in on cancer "moonshot"

Our heavy ion initiative was highlighted during a national summit on cancer led by Vice President Joe Biden. Read More

Desai joins Radiation Oncology leadership

Desai joins Radiation Oncology leadership

Kajal Desai, MPA, has joined the Department of Radiation Oncology as Department Administrator overseeing all the academic, financial and HR functions. Read More

Have drug hunters finally cracked KRas?

Have drug hunters finally cracked KRas?

Assistant Professor Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D., is featured in this article on developing cancer drugs to act against an elusive target. Read More

Research shows 98% cure rate for prostate cancer using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Research shows 98% cure rate for prostate cancer using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

A five-year study shows that Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) given in five sessions offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches. Read More

Taleei wins travel award

Taleei wins travel award

Reza Taleei, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, has been awarded a 1,500-euro stipend to attend the Proton Therapy Cooperative Group (PTCOG) annual meeting in Prague in May. Dr. Taleei will present a poster at the conference. Read More

Jiang delivers lecture at UT Medical Branch

Jiang delivers lecture at UT Medical Branch

In April, Department Vice Chair and Director of Medical Physics Steve Jiang, Ph.D., delivered the Martin Schneider Memorial Lectureship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Tx. The prestigious event honors that institution’s former chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Jiang gave a talk on “Next Generation Radiotherapy Treatment Planning”. Read More

Department makes heavy ion grant awards

Department makes heavy ion grant awards

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center has awarded five, two-year seed grants of $100,000 apiece to Texas researchers to facilitate research related to heavy ion therapy. Read More

NASA awards funds to study effects of space radiation during Mars mission

NASA awards funds to study effects of space radiation during Mars mission

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have been awarded $3.6 million in NASA funds to study how space radiation would affect the cancer risk of astronauts taking part in deep space missions to Mars. Read More

Surgery vs. SABR: "Stablemates" trial to directly compare treatment in operable cancer patients

Surgery vs. SABR: "Stablemates" trial to directly compare treatment in operable cancer patients

The results of a national trial evaluating stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) in lung cancer patients too frail to receive surgery were so positive that physicians have opened a multi-institutional trial to directly compare surgery vs. SABR in operable patients. Read More

Physician discusses stereotactic combination therapy with WFAA/Ch 8

Physician discusses stereotactic combination therapy with WFAA/Ch 8

Dr. Robert Timmerman, Professor and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, explains why treating cancer with a combination of stereotactic radiation and immunotherapy drugs is of increasing interest to researchers, in the wake of former president Jimmy Carter's cancer cure. Read More

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

Investigators in the Department of Radiation Oncology were awarded close to $2.7 million in the latest round of funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to study and treat childhood cancer. Read More

Researchers develop classification model for cancers caused by most frequently mutated cancer gene

Researchers develop classification model for cancers caused by most frequently mutated cancer gene

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have developed a classification for cancers caused by KRAS, the most frequently mutated gene in cancer, that could eventually help oncologists choose more effective, customized cancer therapies. Read More

Cancer researchers first in Texas to use new prostate rectal spacer to minimize side effects of SABR radiation treatments

Cancer researchers first in Texas to use new prostate rectal spacer to minimize side effects of SABR radiation treatments

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers are investigating whether an injectable, biodegradable gel can reduce potential side effects from extreme high-dose radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Read More

Two physicians added to genitourinary team

Two physicians added to genitourinary team

Dr. Aaron Laine and Dr. Neil Desai are the newest clinical faculty members in Radiation Oncology. Read More

New physician joins Radiation Oncology

New physician joins Radiation Oncology

We welcome the arrival this month of David Sher, M.D., M.P.H., as Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and leader of the department’s head and neck team. Read More

Westover featured in NCI blog

Westover featured in NCI blog

Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D., writes about "The Enzymology of GTP-Competitive RAS Inhibitors" on the National Cancer Institute's RAS blog. Read More

Physicians pioneer the use of stereotactic body radiation for deadly kidney cancer complication

Physicians pioneer the use of stereotactic body radiation for deadly kidney cancer complication

UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. Read more. Read More

CPRIT awards faculty $11.5 million for recruitment and research in brain and bone cancer, biology, and immunotherapy

CPRIT awards faculty $11.5 million for recruitment and research in brain and bone cancer, biology, and immunotherapy

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers were awarded more than $7.5 million in research grants to improve diagnostic and therapeutic services and research relating to cancers of the brain, breast, throat, and bone, as well as to improve scientific understanding of cancer biology. Read More

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health awarded UT Southwestern a $1 million planning grant to establish the country’s first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy. Read More

Resident wins top award at AMA Research Symposium

Resident wins top award at AMA Research Symposium

The American Medical Association selected Stephen G. Chun, M.D., a radiation oncology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center, for its top award recognizing research from medicine’s brightest young minds. Read More

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients

A clinical trial that combined the two therapy regimens more than doubled survival rates for certain stage 4 lung cancer patients. Read More

Cancer researchers identify irreversible inhibitor for KRAS gene mutation

Cancer researchers identify irreversible inhibitor for KRAS gene mutation

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have found a molecule that selectively and irreversibly interferes with the activity of a mutated cancer gene common in 30 percent of tumors. Read More

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care. Read More

Blocking DNA repair could improve radiation therapy for brain cancer

Blocking DNA repair could improve radiation therapy for brain cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas. Read More

Possible world's first: Physicians use CyberKnife to treat vocal cord cancer

Possible world's first: Physicians use CyberKnife to treat vocal cord cancer

Stephen Wiley went from being a life-long cowboy to one of the world’s first patients to have vocal cord cancer treated by the CyberKnife, a robot that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation. Read More